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Old 02-09-2009, 11:36 PM   #161
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im in for the pro bono then also. I got one coming up. Ill post photos!
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:05 AM   #162
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count us in! wish i would have seen this last year we bid a house for a gentlemen in a motorized chair. but the bid called for concrete stoop with concrete stairs. after the thought we changed both to decks with proper ramps, talk about a pleased home owner. we didnt change our bid a bit to switch and it lead to a very good relationship with the H.O.
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Are any of you guys interested in the North Carolina Universities Center for Universal Design - Wood Ramp Design for the Handicapped building guide? I have it in PDF and can email it to one of you and you can distribute it to each other if you like.
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Are any of you guys interested in the North Carolina Universities Center for Universal Design - Wood Ramp Design for the Handicapped building guide? I have it in PDF and can email it to one of you and you can distribute it to each other if you like.
Mike, it couldn't hurt to have. I've found that Mac's design won't fly with the building depts in my area. Everything has to be built like you are landing a 747 on it. 100% ADA compliance, handrails everywhere, etc...
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Hey I found the original link to it - you guys can look at it and judge for yourself whether it offers anything beneficial to you.

http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/pubs_...et296final.pdf
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I saved it, you will never know when you might need it.

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Mike, it couldn't hurt to have. I've found that Mac's design won't fly with the building depts in my area. Everything has to be built like you are landing a 747 on it. 100% ADA compliance, handrails everywhere, etc...
Not sure where my design fails (maybe lack of footing depth), but if you've got another working design, would you be willing to send it to me to upload on the website? That way, if other folks are running into the same problems, they've got some options. I figured that dif. areas of the country would have dif. requirements, just didn't know how to account for them all. All of us working together are going to come up with something better than what I could do alone...

Any word on Homes for our Troops? Is this a viable option for other builders?

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Hey I found the original link to it - you guys can look at it and judge for yourself whether it offers anything beneficial to you.

http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/pubs_...et296final.pdf
Very nice, Mike... appreciate the link. I'll get it added to the website. Thanks for looking into this -


One thought that keeps rolling around my head is what the best transition is from bottom lip of wood ramp to existing concrete walkway. I'm going to look into cost and feasibility of a 1/8" steel plate that's 12" x 48". Either paint it up w/ skid-resistant paint, cover it w/ rolled roofing, or get it powdercoated. I'm thinking of notching the top of the plywood the bottom 3" and setting the steel into the notch. If the plywood is 3/4" and is touching the ground at the tip, the 9" of overhanging steel would continue the 1:12 pitch perfectly. That way, wheels would only have to transition over a 1/8" piece of steel to get on the ramp.

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Mac, I like it. I am going to get a SU model of it and other design details for anyone who wants them.
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:04 PM   #169
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Is anyone in the Stamford, CT area? We have been approached by this organization
http://americareshomefront.org/
about providing material for a series of ramps to be built on May 2.
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im interested in doing this in rhode island... sign me up
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Well, I did one for a 13 yr. old boy in a power chair on the 13th (finally got around to bringing my camera in out of the van)...I didn't get a picture of the one he was using before. He really liked it. Material was a minimal expense (only 8' long) but does the trick.
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Right on, man! Way to go! Looks good, I like the diamond plate transition piece...might be a more cost-effective option than powdercoating 1/8" steel.

Congratulations, guy, and thanks for making someone's life a little easier -

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I have been using that for about 5 years. I usually get it at Lowes (convenience) 2'x4'. It is good for 2 ramps.
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Awesome! I am still working on finding a recipient, but hopefully will get that locked down soon.
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This on CL for Mesquite, Nevada if there is anyone who can help.
http://stgeorge.craigslist.org/wan/1050479332.html
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Well, I did one for a 13 yr. old boy in a power chair on the 13th (finally got around to bringing my camera in out of the van)...I didn't get a picture of the one he was using before. He really liked it. Material was a minimal expense (only 8' long) but does the trick.
Awesome man, great work
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I've found that Mac's design won't fly with the building depts in my area. Everything has to be built like you are landing a 747 on it. 100% ADA compliance, handrails everywhere, etc...
Greg, don't know if you saw my last response... Do you happen to have any diagrams specifying what elements aren't covered in mine? Some way we can have multiple diagrams up for folks in different jurisdictions?

Also, did you have any more information on homesforourtroops.org?

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You guys that are posting "sign me up"...ummm, there's nothing to sign up. This is a project you take on yourself and make happen yourself. if you'd like to be included in the list of builders, you need to send me your contact info - bus. name, your name, your location, email, phone, website and a 200x200 jpg of your logo. Send it to [email protected]
A good first step for you would be to read through this entire thread and the two linked at the beginning of it as well. That way, you'll be up to speed on the process...

I'll be happy to add you to the list of builders but I'm not going to try and track down all of your info.

Does anyone have any questions about their project? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Just wanting to make sure ya'll are still on track for gettin' this done... Fair warning, there will be public ridicule if you blow this off. This is an easy project - no need for it to get stuck in the 'good intentions' bin.
Alright, lecture over...

We just had our first HBA RAT committee meeting today. I've got three builders for sure (besides me), 4 more who are a probable yes. We're going to look through the list of last year's applicants first to see who still needs one. We're also getting our city mayor and council members involved - either through ceremonial or actual help on the ramps. Again, good press all around - it will also help build relations between the council members and the HBA. We have some money promised by a local bank so I'm going to approach the lumberyards about providing material at cost, instead of asking for a donation. The lumberyards are hurting just as much as us builders, they're not in a position to give material away.
You guys might check into that - see if a local bank or credit union is in a position to help out w/ cash to purchase materials.

When the committee meets next month, we should have our list of recipients - I'll have already been out to their locations. Captains will be given their assignments and we'll get started. I see no reason this should drag out until November...if we're ready to build in two months, we'll build.

Please touch base w/ me, either through this thread or PM or email and let me know how you're doing w/ your project. I am more than willing to do what I can to help you guys get your ramps built, but if all I hear is 'cricket, cricket' I'm not sure where ya'll are in the process...

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Working on some cool stuff for the site and other contractors who are involved in Ramp-A-Thon.

http://www.coleconstructiongroup.com/rampathon/movie/ (you have to give it a second to load)

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Mike, it couldn't hurt to have. I've found that Mac's design won't fly with the building depts in my area. Everything has to be built like you are landing a 747 on it. 100% ADA compliance, handrails everywhere, etc...
You can build it to ADA specifications, the local code doesn't apply and can not be enforced, the ADA supersedes it, period, it's true, now try telling that to an inspector and see how future inspections go on jobs that come under their jurisdiction. I've fought the battle and kinda won.






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It's getting warm, has anyone done any research or have any candidates lined up? I hope we still have people wanting to do this!

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